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“Our material is the way we feel and the way we remember," wrote poet Muriel Rukeyser. How might we draw on personal, family, and historical narratives in order shape and create our poems? How have poets channeled the particular energies of a political, social, or spiritual moment? What does it mean to "put it all on [or in] the line"? This is a class for writers and poets interested in experimenting and taking risks, while honing their poetic craft. Together, we'll generate new work, discuss it, and read and discuss works by contemporary poets like Natalie Diaz, Douglas Kearney, and Victoria Chang who "use all of their fears" (Rukeyser again) and various forms in order to make poems.

Use All of Your Fears: Bravery, Energy, and Emotion in Poetry

Dates: 8 Tuesdays, September 12-November 7 (no class Oct 31)
Time: 7-9 pm 
Instructor: Brynn Saito
Ages: Adult 
Maximum Enrollment: 9
Genre: Poetry 
Price: $495 
Music of the Mind

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013) which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook from Diode Editions. Brynn is a recipient of the Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship and a California State Library Civil Liberties grant. Originally from Fresno, CA, Brynn teaches and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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